News ID: 276556
Published: 0413 GMT November 09, 2020

Iranian, UN officials discuss Afghan peace process, security situation

Iranian, UN officials discuss Afghan peace process, security situation
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Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi (R) talks with the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons during a meeting in Tehran on November 8, 2020.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons discussed the latest developments in the Asian country which has been facing rise in terrorist attacks in recent months.

During a meeting which was held in Tehran on Sunday, the two officials also exchanged views on Afghanistans political and security situation and intra-Afghan peace talks, IRNA reported.

Araqchi referred to close ties between Iran and Afghanistan and reaffirmed Iran's support for Afghan peace process involving all Afghan political parties and stressed the need for protecting the achievements of the Afghan people over the past two decades, especially the countrys Constitution and its democratic structures.

Pointing to the problems caused by the US wrong and unilateral policies on Afghanistan peace process and the United Nationsfacilitating role in this regard in the past, the Iranian official stressed the importance of the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in advancing inter-Afghan peace talks.

Araqchi also voiced Irans readiness to cooperate with the UNAMA in advancing the intra-Afghan negotiations.

Lyons, who is also head of UNAMA, hailed Iran's positive role in supporting Afghan people and government, voicing the UN readiness for helping establish peace in Afghanistan.

Lyons pointed to the importance of implementing economic plans for the development of Afghanistan's infrastructure and helping to improve the living conditions of the Afghan people, stressing the need to use existing capacities to develop such cooperation in this regard.

Both diplomats also voiced concern about the rising number of violence-related fatalities and called for the reduction of violence to prepare the ground for the advancement of intra-Afghan talks.

On November 2, at least 35 people were killed after Daesh terrorists stormed Kabul University as it was hosting a book fair, taking hostages and fighting gun battles with security forces for more than five hours.

Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan, even as the Taliban and a government-appointed negotiating team discuss the peace agreement to end more than four decades of war in the country. Progress in the talks in Doha has been painfully slow and despite repeated demands for a reduction in violence, it has continued unabated.

 

 

   
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